News - April 2018
Community, welcome to the workings of my brain during the insanity we
Week. I want to give you a preview of what’s coming up for our Easter
series, as it has played out in so many ways during the weeks previous
This is a series
on focus. This is a series on how we wade through not the information
everybody tends to call it, but the attention deficit age. A few months
I started working with the web developer on redesigning our website, I
myself of a scary truth – the site has seven (7) seconds to catch
attention before they will leave. I learned that fact about 4 years
that time has probably dropped by a few seconds.
So how do we
keep sane in a world where everything is screaming for our attention?
what this series is going to address, so forgive me if I recycle some
lines during the next month (consider this your spoiler alert!). Here’s
your phone on Do Not Disturb. If you don’t have a cell phone, unplug
landline (same thing). I have been studying the techniques of a
lately, and he recently told the story how he accidentally forgot to
the “do not disturb” function on his phone one day. He got more done in
hours than he did the entire previous week. I’ve seen similar results
Right now, I have the door closed, my noise cancelling headphones
my writing music, and I even shut off the third monitor on my desk
even with a special keyboard, I can’t type fast enough to get all the
working on one thing for 20-30
minutes, and then give yourself a break. That means one…1…numero
It’s been said that any time we move between tasks, it can take up to
minutes to get back in the groove of whatever we are doing. Multiply
minutes by however many times ANYTHING interrupts you, and you can
how time gets away and we feel like we don’t get anything done. Focus
on that one task for a short period, give yourself a break, and repeat.
that some things will require extra-long focus. For instance, I can’t
sermon in 25 minutes (maybe one section). But when Thursday afternoon
and I know I need to get it done, I have to separate myself for 2-3
focus deeply, and crank it out. You may have a project or task that
require the same block of time. Try to set up that time, so you can get
done at once.
hope this gives you something to chew
on. Want some more ideas? Hang with us on Sunday mornings during April.
lots to come!